The Trend

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 27%

Seeking Justice (2012)

"Just as bad as most of what Cage has been doing lately, but doesn't offer any of the campy delight of "The Wicker Man" or "Drive Angry." "

Posted Mar 15, 2012

Stephen Silver

2 78%

Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012)

"Three funny and likable people not given a chance to be funny or likable"

Posted Oct 30, 2011

Stephen Silver

3 93%

Drive (2011)

"A thin plot is outweighed by a masterful visual style, a dream cast and some truly great cinematic moments."

Posted Sep 16, 2011

Stephen Silver

4 35%

Larry Crowne (2011)

"It's got some lively moments, but mostly just sits there on screen. The film's lack of ambition is troubling"

Posted Jul 1, 2011

Stephen Silver

5 84%

The Tree of Life (2011)

"While it doesn't come together perfectly, it's got amazing ideas and contains some of the best filmmaking in memory."

Posted Jun 10, 2011

Stephen Silver

6 93%

Midnight in Paris (2011)

"Though Wilson is considerably younger, blonder, more handsome and more Gentile than the Woody we know, he's somehow a natural in the role anyway. "

Posted Jun 10, 2011

Stephen Silver

7 34%

The Hangover Part II (2011)

"What's missing is a huge part of what made the first film so good: the element of surprise. "

Posted May 30, 2011

Stephen Silver

8 33%

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

"It's competently made and contains some thrills, but you'll probably forget everything about it by the time you get home from the theater. "

Posted May 20, 2011

Stephen Silver

9 90%

Bridesmaids (2011)

"It's not mean-spirited and doesn't hate its characters. Also, it understands the key lesson of the Farrellys and "American Pie" and Apatow's previous work: this sort of comedy works when it has heart, and fails when it doesn't."

Posted May 13, 2011

Stephen Silver

10 55%

The Conspirator (2011)

""The most bored I've been at the movies this year""

Posted May 7, 2011

Stephen Silver

11 77%

Fast Five (2011)

"Sure, the plot, dialogue and acting are as silly as usual. But buoyed by a sparkling Rio setting and an awesomely staged third-act action setpiece, Fast Five is the series' best outing since the original. "

Posted Apr 29, 2011

Stephen Silver

12 73%

POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)

"Once again, Spurlock has one point to make-a point that's crushingly obvious and not particularly brave, shocking or controversial-and spends the entire movie making it over and over again."

Posted Apr 22, 2011

Stephen Silver

13 88%

Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011)

"One of those films that's a joy to watch and even more of a joy to think about afterward. It's an amazing film that will stay with you for days, if not weeks."

Posted Apr 15, 2011

Stephen Silver

14 26%

Arthur (2011)

"There was no need to remake the original "Arthur," its arrival is ill-timed, Russell Brand should never have been cast, and it never should have gone into production with a script this bad."

Posted Apr 8, 2011

Stephen Silver

15 92%

Source Code (2011)

"The rare movie that borrows elements from dozens of other films and TV shows, but is so good on its own that it almost doesn't matter. "

Posted Apr 1, 2011

Stephen Silver

16 94%

Win Win (2011)

"Sure, the plot sounds melodramatic, but "Win Win" is more about its characters than its plot, and on that level it's a total success. "

Posted Apr 1, 2011

Stephen Silver

17 23%

Sucker Punch (2011)

"What an abysmal, pointless film. Its ability to collect gorgeous actresses is its one and only defensible quality. "

Posted Mar 25, 2011

Stephen Silver

18 83%

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

"A first-rate legal thriller for its first two thirds, before going off the rails at the end. "

Posted Mar 18, 2011

Stephen Silver

19 71%

Paul (2011)

"The film's central idea isn't funny, really, at all. Neither is the plot, the dialogue, or most of the jokes. "

Posted Mar 18, 2011

Stephen Silver

20 10%

Red Riding Hood (2011)

"Taking a bloody dagger to centuries of folklore, the producers of Red Riding Hood have shamelessly turned the Little Red Riding Hood legend into a carbon copy of the Twilight movies. "

Posted Mar 13, 2011

Stephen Silver

21 72%

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

"Very exciting and entertaining while you're watching it, but completely falls apart upon further reflection."

Posted Mar 6, 2011

Stephen Silver

22 85%

Cedar Rapids (2011)

"A bit of the sort of indie preciousness often associated with Sundance, but it's still a winning, entertaining and very funny film. "

Posted Feb 25, 2011

Stephen Silver

23 34%

Hall Pass (2011)

"Horribly uneven, but the movie's got three or four setpieces that are up there with the best parts of "There's Something About Mary.""

Posted Feb 25, 2011

Stephen Silver

24 55%

Unknown (2011)

"contains a legitimately intriguing and unpredictable mystery. But the direction is often blurry and hard to follow, especially in the action sequences. "

Posted Feb 18, 2011

Stephen Silver

25 19%

Just Go with It (2011)

"A deeply repugnant and mean-spirited movie, and probably the worst film Sandler or Aniston has been a part of, which is saying something"

Posted Feb 11, 2011

Stephen Silver

26 30%

Sanctum (2011)

"If you feel '127 Hours' would've been a better film if James Franco had had five or six other people down in the cave with him to bicker with, 'Sanctum' is the movie for you."

Posted Feb 4, 2011

Stephen Silver

27 53%

The Mechanic (2011)

"Not nearly as fun as an action movie starring Jason Statham from the director of "Con Air" should be."

Posted Jan 27, 2011

Stephen Silver

28 49%

No Strings Attached (2011)

"After the intensity of "Black Swan," it's sort of jarring to see Portman in something as vapid and and inconsequential as this. Kutcher? It's not quite so jarring."

Posted Jan 20, 2011

Stephen Silver

29 43%

The Green Hornet (2011)

"Brings together almost a dream team of elements which add up to only a very small fraction of the sum of their parts. The movie's just a huge mess. "

Posted Jan 13, 2011

Stephen Silver

30 51%

Tron Legacy (2010)

"After a whole year of movies that squandered the potential of 3D, "Tron: Legacy" actually uses it to its fullest."

Posted Dec 16, 2010

Stephen Silver

31 87%

Black Swan (2010)

""Black Swan" is a highly enjoyable film, but be prepared to have nightmares after you see it."

Posted Dec 14, 2010

Stephen Silver

32 93%

127 Hours (2010)

"Despite its flaws, ranks as one of Boyle's better works, thanks to the power of the story and Franco's performance. "

Posted Dec 7, 2010

Stephen Silver

33 49%

Love and Other Drugs (2010)

"Takes advantage of likable leads with excellent chemistry, as well as an original and fascinating angle. It's one of the year's most satisfying movies. "

Posted Nov 30, 2010

Stephen Silver

34 78%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

""Deathly Hallows" is a significant improvement over the slow and talky previous film"

Posted Nov 30, 2010

Stephen Silver

35 55%

Morning Glory (2010)

"Takes it as a given that hard news is boring and has no audience, that the Ford character is a jerk for standing up for it, and that lowest-comment-denominator, ratings-driven nonsense is both a good thing and something worth rooting for."

Posted Nov 23, 2010

Stephen Silver

36 52%

The Next Three Days (2010)

"Ultimately, the film sinks due to pacing issues, some truly manipulative storytelling and a whole bunch of glaring plot holes"

Posted Nov 18, 2010

Stephen Silver

37 46%

Hereafter (2010)

""Hereafter" has some quality parts, but ultimately fails because it doesn't really care about what it's supposed to be about."

Posted Nov 1, 2010

Stephen Silver

38 64%

Jackass 3 (2010)

"More of the same of what we're accustomed to by the show and previous films, although the gags remain creative, and it makes better use of the 3-D format than perhaps any movie since "Avatar.""

Posted Nov 1, 2010

Stephen Silver

39 58%

It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

"The title of 'best movie ever set in a mental hospital' remains firmly secure with 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.' "

Posted Oct 17, 2010

Stephen Silver

40 89%

Waiting for Superman (2010)

"The film, while preachy at times and overly simplistic at others, represents a necessary and often maddening look at an important issue."

Posted Oct 17, 2010

Stephen Silver

41 71%

Never Let Me Go (2010)

"Takes a scintilla of an interesting premise and blows it, thanks to lackluster storytelling, unimpressive performances and numerous plot holes, including one so humongous that it's quite possibly larger than the movie itself."

Posted Oct 3, 2010

Stephen Silver

42 96%

The Social Network (2010)

"The best movie ever made about e-commerce, as well as the Internet itself. "

Posted Oct 1, 2010

Stephen Silver

43 94%

The Town (2010)

"A perfectly watchable and workmanlike crime thriller that would've been better were it not for weak direction from Ben Affleck."

Posted Sep 26, 2010

Stephen Silver

44 72%

Machete (2010)

"It's one joke, sure. But "Machete" is so delightfully ridiculous and over the top that it's actually highly enjoyable."

Posted Sep 21, 2010

Stephen Silver

45 93%

The Tillman Story (2010)

"Fascinating but infuriating, "The Tillman Story" is probably the most brutally effective cinematic indictment of the Bush-Cheney administration to date. "

Posted Sep 13, 2010

Stephen Silver

46 53%

Going the Distance (2010)

"A charming, but ultimately forgettable romantic comedy. At least this time, there's no sperm donor involved."

Posted Sep 6, 2010

Stephen Silver

47 82%

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

"One of the more audacious and creatively conceived movies of the year though, at 32, I felt a bit too old for it. "

Posted Aug 30, 2010

Stephen Silver

48 51%

The Switch (2010)

"A movie that, based on its premise, has absolutely no business being as good as it is. An affecting and very entertaining father-son story."

Posted Aug 30, 2010

Stephen Silver

49 79%

The Other Guys (2010)

"Thanks to superior gags and dynamite chemistry between its two stars, "The Other Guys" is probably Ferrell's best pure comedy since "Anchorman.""

Posted Aug 16, 2010

Stephen Silver

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